Multiple Shooting Victims At Texas Baptist Church - Death Count Unknown

Saul Bowman
November 6, 2017

There are reports emerging from Texas of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

Sutherland Springs is 48 kilometres southeast of San Antonio.

The Wilson County News quoted Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett on the casualties and that the shooter was now dead.

U.S. President Donald Trump, now in Japan, tweeted to say that the FBI was investigating the shooting. "I am monitoring the situation from Japan", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were heading to Sutherland Springs, a town of about 400, those agencies said.

In a statement, Governor Abbott said: "While the details of this horrific act are still under investigation, Cecilia and I want to send our sincerest thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by this evil act".

The gunman was identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, according to a CBS News law enforcement source. "More details from DPS (Department of Public Safety) soon".


Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our fearless first responders on the scene. A two-year-old was among the wounded, the Dallas Morning News website reported. He said that the gunman was dead and that he did not know how many people had died. The FBI was also en route to the scene around 2 p.m.

Connally Memorial Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Posey declined to say how many patients were being treated at the hospital, but said the number was less than a dozen.

It is unclear whether the gunman was killed by officers or if his wounds were self-inflicted, Gamez said.

Around 50 people usually attend the church, according to reports.

Police were responding to a "shots fired" call to the First Baptist Church late Sunday morning.

Emergency personnel quickly rushed to the scene, with some victims evacuated by helicopter.

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